The Anomaly by Hervé Le Tellier, translated by Adriana Hunter

A Boeing 787 flying from Paris to New York is inexplicably duplicated mid-flight

French writer and linguist Hervé Le Tellier  describes his 2020 Prix Goncourt-winning novel as a ‘thought experiment’. Photograph:  Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images

French writer and linguist Hervé Le Tellier describes his 2020 Prix Goncourt-winning novel as a ‘thought experiment’. Photograph: Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images

When flight Air France 006 Paris-New York, approaching US airspace in March 2021, flies into a huge electrical storm, something terrifying happens: plane, passengers and crew are inexplicably and irrevocably duplicated. 

Among the passengers are a hit man, an emotionally needy architect and his alienated film editor girlfriend. There’s a Nigerian R&B star with a secret, a traumatised US veteran and his family, a go-getting corporate lawyer, and a critically acclaimed but as yet commercially unsuccessful French author whose past novels include the delightfully titled Failures That Missed the Mark. 

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